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Tourism Workers Rally to Encourage Travelers
from The Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance
Tourism workers in cities around the country rallied Tuesday to encourage Americans to travel more and boost local economies that depend on visitors. The rallies are part of a national campaign organized by the U.S. Travel Association aimed to boost such destinations as Beaumont, Texas; Louisville, Ky.; Cincinnati; Park City, Utah; and Santa Monica, Calif. There were rallies Tuesday in more than 40 cities, according to the association. More    E-mail article

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Senate to Examine Travel, Tourism Issues
from Travel Agent Central
A Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on travel will be a highlight of the 26th Annual National Travel and Tourism Week planned for this week, the U.S. Travel Association reports. U.S Travel says the hearing will help spark a nationwide focus on travel as a solution to America's ongoing economic challenges. More    E-mail article

Miami Turns on Charm for Trade Show
from the Miami Herald
Usually it takes a Super Bowl to get the streets cleaned like this. A network of state, county and city agencies will fan out across Miami this week to scrub graffiti, pick up trash, fix dilapidated fences and cut down dead palm fronds. The biggest of games didn't spark this kind of frenzied face lift, but Pow Wow, the biggest of U.S. travel shows did. More    E-mail article

New Web Site:
from The Associated Press via Yahoo! News
A new Web site has been launched to help Americans explore their own country: includes an interactive map that gives mileage from city to city, an activity finder listing more than 3,000 experiences, attractions and events, including museums, gardens, ski slopes, festivals and parks. The site also offers links to tourism information for all 50 states, as well as for more than 100 cities and other destinations. More    E-mail article

Travel and Tourism Industry Plays Critical Role in Economy
from The Wichita Eagle
Travel and tourism play a critical role in the nation's economy as one of America's largest industries. In fact, $740 billion was spent by domestic and international travelers in 2007. Travel is among the top 10 industries in 49 states in terms of employment, and one of every eight U.S. jobs is created directly or indirectly by travel and tourism. More    E-mail article

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Keep America Traveling
from Travel Research Online
The unintended consequences of less travel and tourism are devastating for our economy. Mass cancellations of legitimate business travel as well as meetings and events around the country have already cost thousands of hotel and hospitality industry employees their jobs, while many more remain concerned about their futures. According to estimates by Smith Travel Research and the U.S. Travel Association, meeting, event and incentive cancelations in January and February 2009 resulted in more than $1.9 billion in lost travel spending and cost nearly 20,000 American jobs. More     E-mail article

Why Cutting Business Travel could be a False Economy
from CNN
With the global economic downturn biting hard, corporations everywhere are looking around for costs to save, budgets to trim. It's thus little surprise that one area to suffer already has been business travel. More    E-mail article

Border Posts Ready with Crossing Scanners
from Metro News
The scanners and the new computer systems are in place at Vermont's largest border crossing with Quebec and people in both the United States and Canada are starting to get identification cards that makes it easier for them to cross the border. There are still a few loose ends, but officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection say they will be ready on June 1, the day the United States fully implements the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. More    E-mail article

Global Tourism Drop
from Nation News
World Tourism is expected to grow by an average of four percent over the next 10 years, according to Jean-Claude Baumgarten, president of the World Travel Tourism Council. Baumgarten said that with the Caribbean so dependent on travel and tourism, proper air access must be realized with airlines combining forces in order to survive. More    E-mail article

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